Santa Cruz Membership Meeting – Community Organizing @ Earth & Marine Sciences (E&MS) room A333
Aug 9 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

The benefits and protections important to Postdocs are under attack because of a series of court decisions and policy changes, among which is the billionaire-funded Janus v AFSCME case against public-sector unions. Please join your fellow Postdocs at this month’s membership meeting to discuss how we can fight to protect our right to stand together and advocate for ourselves and our profession.

Food will be provided!


Rosie Gradoville, Unit Chair

Canvassing in Nevada
Oct 20 – Oct 21 all-day

UAW members from Nevada have asked for our help to campaign for Jacky Rosen for US Senate. She is currently a member of the House of Representatives on the Science, Space and Technology committee, and she is running to replace current Senator Dean Heller, a Republican who has largely voted with Trump. This race is critical to flipping the Senate!

Early voting in Nevada starts the weekend of October 20-21, so we’ll be doing on-the-ground canvassing to help get out the vote. We’ll be working in pairs and will be provided with training when we get to Nevada, so prior canvassing experience is not needed.

We will be coordinating bus transportation from Northern CA to Reno and from Southern CA to Las Vegas with fellow UAW members, and hotel rooms in Reno and Las Vegas will be provided. We will spend Saturday and Sunday campaigning, and then hop on the buses back to California on Sunday afternoon.

This is going to be an important and fun weekend! All Postdocs who want to join are welcome, along with family members, friends, etc. – the more the merrier! Please email if you have any questions, and RSVP here.

Santa Cruz Membership Meeting – AR General Meeting @ Sinsheimer Labs, Room 101
Nov 13 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Please join us for our next Academic Researcher general meeting. We’ll discuss the results from our comprehensive bargaining survey and what improvements we want to see at UC. This conversation, and others like it across the state, will inform the drafting of our initial bargaining demands for our first union contract with UC.

Santa Cruz – AR General Meeting on Status of Research in the U.S. @ Sinsheimer Labs, Room 101
Jan 30 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Please join us for our first Academic Researcher general meeting of the new year! We’ll discuss existing recommendations to improve research in the U.S., including the 2018 NAS report: “The Next Generation of Biomedical and Behavioral Sciences Researchers: Breaking Through”. By understanding existing recommendations and reports, we can better craft bargaining proposals to support our careers and UC’s research mission.

All ARs are encourage to attend and lunch will be provided!

Santa Cruz – AR General Meeting on Initial Bargaining Demands @ Sinsheimer Labs, Room 301
Mar 7 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Join us for a very exciting meeting to discuss the initial set of demands that our union will submit to UC in advance of bargaining the first UC Academic Researcher union contract! These demands have been crafted based on the feedback from thousands of ARs via the comprehensive bargaining survey.

Lunch will be provided!

Santa Cruz Membership Meeting – Taxes for Postdocs @ Earth & Marine Sciences (E&MS), Room A333
Mar 14 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

At this month’s membership meeting we’ll discuss the basics of filing Federal and State taxes, including issues affecting fellows and international scholars. We will also discuss how recent changes to the tax law will impact Postdocs. Your peers are also an excellent resource for tax questions and this will be a good opportunity to ask questions and share information.

Lunch will be provided!

Santa Cruz Membership Meeting – Postdoc Bargaining 2020 @ Sinsheimer Labs, Room 101
Apr 11 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

With our current Postdoc union contract set to expire in just over a year, it’s time to start thinking about our next round of bargaining with UC. At this month’s membership meeting we’ll discuss the basics of bargaining, including what it means to collectively bargain and how the process works. Then we’ll generate ideas for what issues we should prioritize and how Postdocs can most effectively exercise our collective power to win a great contract in 2020!

Santa Cruz – AR General Meeting: All About Bargaining @ Sinsheimer Labs, Room 101
Apr 12 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Now that we’ve pushed UC to drop its objections to our union, bargaining will begin soon! With that exciting news in mind, we invite you to join for a meeting to give us your feedback and learn about the bargaining process and how you can be involved – including helping to develop specific proposals, outreach to other ARs, political action, communicating personal stories, and much more.

Lunch will be provided!

Santa Cruz – AR General Meeting on the Promotion Process @ Sinsheimer Labs, Room 101
May 8 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Santa Cruz – Researcher Coffee Hour @ Picnic table between the Science & Engineering Library and Sinsheimer Labs
May 22 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Stop by for coffee and donuts, meet your fellow researchers on campus, and discuss ways that we can further strengthen our researcher community!